Guillaume Sergent - NV Champagne, ‘Les Pres Dieu’, Extra Brut
18 in stock
Inside the bottle: This laser beam, Chardonnay-based, Champagne is a brilliant balance of piercing acidity with finesse and polish. It is a straightforward wine with intensely focussed white fruits and mineral notes that are supported and rounded out by time in old oak casks. The bubbles are extremely fine for a young Champagne and the wine radiates with high energy. Our boy, Guillaume, has come out of the gates with an electric and ethereal style of Champagne. Deep inside the wine, fairy dust, forest floor, mineral and chanterelle mushrooms stay in the mouth long after the last taste.
Terroir: It is difficult to speak of the nature of this wine without referencing the imprinting of its terroir. Located on two vineyard plots, on the Montagne des Reims, the light, sandy-chalk soils elevate the wine's aromas to an ethereal pitch. Both plots are in the advantageous middle of each hill, Les Prés facing northeast, and Les Vignes Dieu, south. The energy of Guillaume's holistic/organic approach is apparent in the delicacy and energy of this micro-production wine. We would buy all of his production if he would let us.
Other stuff: The vineyards are insecticide and herbicide free and plowed by horse. The wines are not stirred to increase texture, the SO2 levels are low (45ppm total), no filtration, no fining, no induced heat and cold stabilization. A dosage of 3 grams is needed to tame this beast in the palate. Guillaume's philosophy is simple: Nature and man have long developed great natural wine from these sites, why change that?